The International Medical Doctor Program at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University has been designed to foster a new kind of doctor. This doctor will possess the necessary human, cultural and professional values to provide healthcare and share ideas in today’s globalized world.

Why Study Medicine at San Raffaele?

Vita-Salute is one of  the top-ranking universities in Italy for research and teaching;  it is well known in Italy and in Europe for research on  Cancer, Urology, Cardiovascular diseases and cardiac surgery, HIV/AIDS, Rare diseases, Preclinical and Human Biological Sciences.  This means that students  have the unique possibility of studying and living in an exciting environment where breakthroughs are made every day in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions.

The 1300 bed hospital in Milan is both a private and a public hospital, which means that you’ll get the chance to see a wide range of patients with everyday diseases or sometimes neglected or even rare genetic pathologies. Don’t forget that Lombardy is one of the richest regions in Europe and Milan is at its very heart.

Classes are smaller compared to the majority of medical schools which will increase student-teacher interaction and productivity.

From the 3rd year we operate an innovative integrated ‘block’  curriculum, which means that you will always be at the center of the teaching process. You will work in groups with other students to set your own learning goals. This approach encourages pro-active learning, creative thinking and teamwork.
You will re-visit topics from your first two years in the fourth and fifth years both in class and by sitting mock  licensure exams. The second semester of the sixth year is free from lessons and exams, allowing you to concentrate entirely on your Thesis Internship and  to do part of it abroad. This gives you the possibility of getting to know foreign institutions where you might want to continue with your specialization training.

The medical school, research institute and hospital at San Raffaele in Milan all boast state-of-the-art facilities and are located on the same premises, allowing for unsurpassed interaction. Medical students can also use the facilities on the Campus, giving them the chance to meet other students studying subjects such as Nursing, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Biotechnology and Philosophy.

But it’s not all work! At Vita-Salute you will find clubs to join, cultural activities to follow, music bands, sports activities such as football, basketball, cheer leading and many others. The clubs organize nights out and you will be able to meet students from other faculties and universities in Milan.

Finally, we pride ourselves on being a large family. Our students are very sociable and are committed to the local and International community.

Presidente del Consiglio del Corso di Laurea Magistrale in Medicina e Chirurgia in lingua inglese: Prof. Claudio Bordignon

Vita-Salute San Raffaele University’s mission is to prepare its graduates to best serve society and mankind.

In accordance with the highest professional standards in Europe and the USA, our future clinicians will practice patient-centered medicine of the highest standards.

We pursue academic excellence, bestowing upon tomorrow’s doctors not only the best possible evidence-based clinical care whilst installing the art of medicine itself.
We believe that a patient should be treated as a whole: mind, body and soul, not just as a mere illness.

The School of Medicine is not alone in this endeavour: Vita-Salute San Raffaele University has both a School of Psychology and Philosophy that not only enrich the study environment, but work together to reach this goal and answer the question: Quid est homo? (What is Man?)

Dean’s Welcome

“Go, teach and heal!” That is our mission at the San Raffaele School of Medicine; a progressive urban institute of medical education, clinical practice and research. We attract talented teachers and students,
who have made and will make important contributions to human health and welfare across the globe.
Known for its excellence and innovation, the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University (founded in 1996) will continue to make it’s mark. Our second decade is fast becoming an era of expansion and development. We are attracting nationally and internationally known faculty at an unprecedented rate, along with pre-graduate students, post-graduate students and residents of exceptional quality. We are expanding our portfolio of world-class interdisciplinary clinical and research centres (Urology, Oncology, Genetics, Cardiovascular Medicine, as well as others). We have unveiled a new curriculum that will further enhance our reputation to producing graduates with superior clinical skills. We have recently inaugurated a new purpose-built University building, which delivers state-of-the-art teaching facilities. The teaching and practice of humanistic medicine is central to San Raffaele’s mission. We are recognized as providers of exceptional primary care, as well as of tertiary and quaternary services that attract patients, faculty and students from near and far. Our campus includes a School of Psychology, a School of Philosophy, a College for Allied Health Professions, an Internationally recognized Research Institute, a Science Park and a 1,300 bed hospital in Milan: all of this on the same site. San Raffaele is in constant expansion and is building other hospitals in Italy, namely Taranto in the Apulia region, Cefalu in Sicily and Olbia in Sardinia. San Raffaele is also present abroad with a hospital in Brazil and an NGO, AISPO, that provides quality healthcare services to countries like Uganda, Brazil, India, and Afghanistan, to name just a few.   San Raffaele graduates are well-known for their abilities, compassion and professional skills; they secure residencies in top programs across the globe, and many of our alumni work in academia, clinical practice, industry and public services.  As Dean, it is my privilege to steward this mission. I wish you every success in fulfilling your dream to study Medicine at our University.

Prof. Massimo Clementi
Dean of Medicine
Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

Vita-Salute San Raffaele is now part of the GHLO®, Global Health Learning Opportunities,  which is a program of the AAMC – American Association of Medical Colleges and facilitates clinical, global health, and research elective rotations for medical students in their final year.

UniSR Medical Students can search and apply for electives all over the world and benefit from the opportunities offered by the network of collaborating institutions.
Click here for more information on the GHLO® Collaborative

The MD program at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University enjoys recognition from the World Health Organization, the British General Medical Council and by the US Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®).

The key features that make the International MD Program unique are:

Thirteen ECTS credits  – devoted to the Humanities: philosophy, ethics, human sciences, philosophy of science and language and communication skills are studied for preparing a new doctor that has the cultural and professional background needed in today’s globalized world.

Assessment of knowledge acquisition with the collaboration of an external, independent third-party: this allows thorough assessment of student preparation as well as measuring teaching efficacy based on reliable international benchmarks;

International electives and training activities abroad: the curriculum has been designed to allow students to complete the American licensing examinations USMLE step 1 and 2 in the correct timing and to spend part of their final year abroad taking part to international electives and pre-residency programs.

Small classes: a select and limited number of students are admitted each year following an entrance test based on analytical and logical skills.  Students from diverse backgrounds, from all over the world, easily become part of the multicultural environment of San Raffaele.

English is the official language for all lessons, practical activities and examinations: italian language courses are organized during the first years to foreign students in order to enable interaction with patients during the clinical years.

Students in San Raffaele study in an exciting environment, where breakthroughs are being made every day in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions. The medical school, research institute and hospital at San Raffaele  all boast state-of-the-art facilities allowing for unsurpassed interaction.

The curriculum of the San Raffaele International MD Program is a solid but innovative curriculum based on two initial preclinical years which take a solid in-depth look at the basic-sciences needed for the medical profession, as well as at the human sciences required to develop an effective doctor-patient relationship.
The preclinical years are followed by three clinical years which aim to develop articulate medical skills both at theoretical and practical level. The sixth, and final, year will be entirely dedicated to the preparation of a thesis and to the acquisition of specialist notions that will facilitate access to residencies and post-graduate programs.
A personalized curriculum: in addition to the core subjects, students will be able to personalize their academic careers choosing from a wide range of  tailored activities and insights
English is the official language for lessons, practical activities and exams. Italian language courses will be organized during the first years both to facilitate every day life in Italy and also to enable interaction with patients during the clinical years.

The total number of credits foreseen for the 6 year medical course is 360 which are organized according to the IMDP General Study Plan.
According to the number of credits achieved within the end of the academic year , the student is enrolled  to the correct year.  If at the end of an academic year a  student has more than 20 total credits missing, he/she will be enrolled to the previous year as a REPEATING STUDENT (in Italian – FUORI CORSO) and will have another whole year to catch up with the missing exams.
Take a look at the San Raffaele International MD Program in detail and download the IMDP student-guide-2016-2017

YEAR 1

Statistics and Bioinformatics
Medical Physics
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Humanities
Cell and Molecular Biology
Genetics and Developmental Biology
Basic Life support

YEAR 3

Basic Pathology and Immunology

Microbiology and Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases
Clinical Laboratory Medicine
Principles of Surgery
Digestive System Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Respiratory & ENT Diseases
Clinical Rotations: Internal Medicine I
Clinical Rotations: Internal Medicine & Surgery I

YEAR 5

Clinical Immunology, Rheumatology and Dermatology
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pediatrics
Systematic pathology
Internal Medicine
Clinical Surgery
Imaging
– Clinical Rotations: Ob/Gyn & Pediatrics
– Clinical Rotations: Internal Medicine II
– Clinical Rotations: Community Medicine
– Tailored activities II
–  Tailored activities III

YEAR 2

Human Morphology
Physiology
Principles of Pharmacology
Introduction to Surgery

YEAR 4

Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases
Nephrology & Urology
Oncology
Hematology
Musculosketal diseases
Neurological Science
Ophthalmology
Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology
Infectious Diseases
– Tailored activities I
– Clinical Rotations: Internal Medicine & Surgery II

YEAR 6

Emergency medicine
Public Health and Legal Medicine
– Tailored activities IV & V
– Thesis

Lessons and Exam scheduling

Here is some general information on lesson and exam organization to help you understand how the Academic Year is structured.

The Academic year begins on the first days of October and ends on the 30th of September.
In the first two years there is a distinction between lesson period and exam period and the academic year is organized in two semesters;

The 1st semester begins in October and ends in January with the Christmas break in December. The month of February is entirely dedicated to exams (Winter exam session)
The 2nd semester begins in March and ends in June.
The months of July and September are dedicated to exams (Summer and Autumn exam session)
The Summer break is in August when there is no academic activity going on within the University.

Lessons normally begin at 9 am and end at 4 or 6 pm according to the different subjects and to possible laboratories or practical activities. Lunch break is from 1 to 2 pm. Full time attendance is requested.

From the 3rd year the lessons are structured in ‘blocks’ which means that the students concentrate on one
subject at a time, therefore the semester division and exam sessions are not so strictly defined as in the first 2 years. After each ‘block’ of lessons the students have a week’s study leave and then they sit for the exam before passing on to the next block.

For each subject there can be up to 5 exam dates spread over and during the various exam sessions (for example, 2 in February, 2 in July and 1 in September). Some subjects may require mid-term exams as well.

The Italian system of evaluation goes from 18 points to 30 cum laude, where 18 means pass and 30 cum laude corresponds to honours.

Candidates must make sure they have the correct documents for enroling should they pass selection: The minimum academic requirement for enrolling to a medical degree course in Italy, is to possess a high school diploma and have at least 12 years of education. Download the official indications of the Italian Ministry of University concerning foreign titles.
Non Italian high school certificates must be translated and legalized  by the Italian Consulate/ Italian Cultural Centre who gives the final Declaration of Validity of the title called Dichiarazione di Valore (DV).
Without this document the University cannot accept enrolment even if the student has passed selection so, if you have any doubt, please verify you meet the requirements with your local Italian Diplomatic Authority.